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I'm sure over the years maybe when we were all alot younger or even more recently at kids parties, we havea all played the classic and simple game of pass the parcel. Well a little while ago my son was given this game called 'Hot Potato' for his birthday and we played it with him and couple of others the other day and I have admit it is great fun by the looks of it and is a decent variation on the classic game that we've all played.
The Hot potato comes in a sturdy box and when you get it ou t of the packagaing it is shaped exactly like a real potato and has a cartoon type face that always a smile. It is a soft toy effectively with a soft outer cover.
When you start the game you have to give him a squeeze and the character will shout out 'Hot Potato' and then plays a tune. During this tune the aim is to pass the hot Potato round the circle of players playing. A bouncing noise means that the music is at an end and whoever is left holding the potato has to pick up a potato chip card. If you reach three of these then you lose and have to sit it out.
I think this is a great little game and is fantastic for the whole family. It's good as it's a variation on the theme of pass the parcel and made it more enjoyable and interesting for kids. The thing is with pass the parcel they only get interested if they win the prize. Whereas with this game they can related to the appealing character while the game is going on.
The game comes with a detailed instruction leaflet on how to play the game. I have to admit I didn't read it all as it seems quite straightforward really. I don't think you will need to look at them more than once really.
This is a great game and is a great novelty present for all ages, but probably best for anyone from 5 years of age. Playing between 2 and 6 players work, but the more the better really.
Hot Potato was a strange gift my granddaughter was given for Christmas, I've never seen anything like it but apparently it's a twist on the traditional Pass-the-Parcel party game. The difference is that whereas you want to be holding the parcel, you want to be rid of the Hot Potato as soon as possible as you lose if you're holding him when the music stops.
The Hot Potato is a lovely looking toy, shaped like a potato with a cheerful cartoon face he definitely appeals to children and adults alike. In essence it's a cuddly toy with soft padding and a soft outer cover, inside is a small box similar to those you find in talking teddies and dolls. When you decide to play Hot Potato you need to give him a squeeze, he'll shout 'Hot Potato' and then play a happy and quite intense tune during which you need to pass him around the circle of players. The person who is holding the Hot Potato when the bouncing noise signals the end of the music has to pick up a potato chip card, the person who reaches three potato chips first is the loser and their cards go back into the pile so everyone else can carry on.
I love this game, it's one which makes everyone giggle as we frantically pass the potato to one another. The music is fast paced and gets quicker which adds to the tension of when it's going to stop, luckily the potato is well padded as my nine year old granddaughter in particular gets particularly rough during the game and I think she could well have caused a black eye by now if the toy was any harder! No-one really cares if they lose as the game goes on so quickly that its soon time to rejoin, and sometimes it's fun to watch this game instead of playing as everyone laughs so much that it's lovely to see.
Hot Potato comes with a detailed instruction leaflet on how to play the game, it's not rocket science though so you shouldn't need more than a cursory glance at these. We knew the game straight away and if you just think of it as a reverse Pass-the-Parcel then you'll pick it up immediately. It's suitable for everyone and my granddaughters' have had many people of many different ages playing when they visit my house, the most comical one being my 75 year old cousin playing against my two granddaughters and 18 year old nephew - dear old George held his own but if he'd realised what he looked like I think he'd have been mortified!
Even though she can't play the game properly, my 20 month old granddaughter loves the Hot Potato. She chuckles and laughs when he shouts out at the beginning and dances away to the music, we let her play with us but she never wants to pass on the potato so the game somewhat comes to a standstill when she's involved.
I've only seen Hot Potato at www.hawkin.com where it's priced at £9.99, I was a little surprised when I saw it cost this much as I'd assumed it would have been around £5 but I suppose with games like this you're paying for the novelty factor.
Squeeze the Hot Potato and the fun begins! Toss the tater back and forth, up high, down low, around and around. But don't get caught holding the spud when the music stops or you have to take a potato chip card! 3 chip cards and you're out - the last man standing is the winner!